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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

David W. Johnson

philosophy department

David Johnson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Emory University

Stokes 349
Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3709
Fax: 617-552-3874


Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

Professor Johnson joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. He has been a visiting researcher at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany), the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya, Japan) and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan). He is currently at work on a book on the theme of nature in the philosophy of Watsuji Tetsurō. His other research interests include the phenomenology of perception, the nature of expression, and the experience of truth in the work of Nishida, Merleau-Ponty, and Gadamer.

Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary Japanese Philosophy, especially the Kyoto School
  • Hermeneutics and Phenomenology, especially Gadamer and Merleau-Ponty
  • Comparative Philosophy

Current Teaching

  • Asian Philosophy
  • Philosophical Hermeneutics
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Perspectives on Western Culture

Recent Publications

  • “Self in Nature, Nature in the Lifeworld: A Reinterpretation of Watsuji’s Concept of Fūdo,” Philosophy East and West, forthcoming in Vol. 68, No. 4, 2018
  • “Acting-Intuition and the Achievement of Perception: Merleau-Ponty with Nishida,” Philosophy East and West, forthcoming in Vol. 67, No. 3, 2017   
  • Fūdo as the Disclosure of Nature: Re-Reading Watsuji with Heidegger,” forthcoming in Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 9, ed. Takeshi Morisato (Nagoya: Nanzan Institute Press), 2016. 
  • “Watsuji’s Topology of the Self,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2016, 216-240.
  • “The Experience of Truth: Gadamer on the Belonging Together of Self, World, and Language,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015, 373-96
  • “Perception, Expression, and the Continuity of Being: Some Intersections Between Nishida and Gadamer,” Asian Philosophy, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2014, 48-66
  • “Merleau-Ponty and the Other World of Painting: A Response,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2009, 89-97


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